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Maojia dialect

Native to China
Region Hunan, Guangxi
Ethnicity Miao
Native speakers
unknown (200,000 cited 1991)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

Maojia (猫家 mau˥ka˥[1]) is a mixed language in Southern China. Some scholars think Maojiahua is a Hmongic dialect of Hmong-Mien languages, although it absorbs a lot of Chinese words. Others treat Maojiahua as Chinese dialect which mixes with Hmong-Mien languages.

Maojiahua is spoken by about 200,000 people of Au-Ka (Aoka 奥卡) Miao ethnicity in Chengbu, Suining, Wugang and Suining in southwest part of Hunan Province, as well as in Ziyuan and Longsheng in north part of Guangxi Province.[2]

According to Chen Qiguang (2013:32),[1] "Maojia" (mau˥ka˥) is also commonly known as "Green-clothed Miao people 青衣苗", and their language is spoken mostly in Chengbu County, but also in Suining, Wugang, Longsheng, and Ziyuan counties. There is a total of about 120,000 speakers. The representative dialect given in Chen (2013) is that of Xintang Village 信塘村, Yangshi Township 羊石乡, Chengbu Miao Autonomous County, Hunan Province.


  1. ^ a b Chen, Qiguang [陈其光] (2013). Miao and Yao language [苗瑶语文]. Beijing: China Minzu University Press.
  2. ^
  • Ming studies, 34–35:55, University of Minnesota, 1995

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